Summer has raised its ugly head again, and travelling about as I do you see some interesting sights. Wobbly cyclists on the A6 not wearing hi-vis. Shaven-headed men wearing nothing but khaki shorts and a pair of flip-flops. But mostly people sitting outside. Sitting outside pubs. Sitting outside pubs drinking lager.
Much has been said about the British predilection for lager over the last 30 years. And not much of that has been positive. If there's on thing the Crafties and the Beards are united on, it's that lager is shit. Apparently people are idiots, and drink lager because they're told to by advertisers. Lacking any refinement or culture, they swill down taste-free yellow fizz, unable or unwilling to consider consuming anything better.
But...what if these people actually like lager and, in fact, prefer it to other beers?
Britain has traditionally been a mild and bitter drinking nation. This is likely because that was what was available and most importantly cheapest at pubs. Lager was there in pubs from 1900-60, but was generally imported and quite pricey. But with advent of keg technology and cheap refrigeration, lager grew in popularity after that. Until we reach today, where 75% of all pub pints are lagers of some description.
People are not "idiots" for preferring lager. It's what they want. It could be said that lager is the ultimate in beers. Clean, cold, crisp, and most of all consistent. Despite what your average Crafty would say, if you gave most beer drinkers a pint of Hopfuck, they would grimace and say "I can't drink that."
Snobbery does nobody any favours. I personally prefer beer with more flavour, but it ill-behoves me to criticise anybody for their choice of drinks.